It’s the night before an important event: a big exam, a major presentation, your wedding. How do you calm your nerves in preparation for the big day?
Wedding…? HA! Well, we can immediately cross that one off the list…!
I’ve always struggled to control my nerves before big events – for as long as I can remember, it’s always been difficult. Sometimes I have the odd occasion whereby I’ll manage to completely relax and calm myself; centre myself; calm the mind etc.
The night before exams, I was always cramming. The night before a major essay or assessment task was due; I was more than likely still awake merely hours before having to go to school and hand them in. The night before starting a new job, I’d be laying in bed wide awake, completely unable to sleep. The night before I have to get on stage and perform in front of twelve-hundred people, I’ve got butterflies in my stomach, and completely second guessing my talent and ability – struggling to sleep because I’m both excited and terrified at the same time.
What I’ve discovered is that most of the time I will stress myself to such an extreme, and then when whatever it is is all over, yes, it’s a huge weight off my shoulders and a massive relief, but I always find myself wondering why I was so worked up about it in the first place.
I never could quite work out why I managed to work myself up into such a state – I think it has something to do with the fact that my mind is so overly-active, and I simply can’t work out how to shut it up… well, unless I’m sleeping.
I really should put more of an effort into trying something to calm myself down. Maybe meditation…?